Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Preventive measures to be taken to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) — regarding.

In order to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), some precautionary measures are required to be taken by all the employees and the Ministries/Departments. In this regard, it has been decided to issue the following advisory for the well-being of Government employees and in public interest.

2. All the Ministries/Departments are advised to take all necessary measures such as :-

  • Install thermal scanners at the entry of Government buildings, as feasible. Mandatory placing of hand sanitizers at the entry of Government buildings. Those found having flu-like symptoms may be advised to take proper treatment/quarantine etc.
  • Discourage, to the maximum extent, entry of visitors in the office complex. Routine issue of visitors/temporary passes should be suspended with immediate effect. Only those visitors whom have proper permission of the officer who they want to meet, should be allowed after being properly screened.
  • Meetings, as far as feasible, should be done through video conferencing. To minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.
  • Avoid non-essential official travel.
  • Undertake essential correspondence on official email and avoid sending files and documents to other offices, to the extent possible.
  • Facilitate delivery and receipt of dak at the entry point itself of the office building, as far as practicable.
  • Close all gyms/recreation centres/creches located in Government buildings.
  • Ensure proper cleaning and frequent sanitization of the workplace, particularly of the frequently touched surfaces.
  • Ensure regular supply of hand sanitisers, soap and running water in the washrooms.
  • All officials may be advised to take care of their own health and look out for respiratory symptoms/fever and, if feeling unwell, should leave the workplace immediately after informing their reporting officers. They should observe home-quarantine as per the guidelines issued by MoH&FW, Government of India available at the following URL: mohfw.qov.in/DraftGuideIinesforhomequarantine.pdf.
  • The leave sanctioning authorities are advised to sanction leave whenever any request is made for self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.
  • Advise all employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. The Ministries/Departments may take care not to expose such employees to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the public.

3. An indicative list of Do's and Don'ts is also annexed for wide dissemination.

End: As above

(Umesh Kumar Bhatia)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt. of India

To,

  1. All the Ministries/Departments, Government of India
  2. PMO/Cabinet Secretariat
  3. PS to Hon'ble MOS(PP)
  4. P50 to Secretary(Personnel)
  5. Sr. Tech. Dir., NIC, DoP&T
Do's
  • To maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing.
  • To practice frequent hand washing. Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean.
  • To cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing.
  • To throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use.
  • To maintain a safe distance from persons during interaction, especially with those having flu-like symptoms.
  • To sneeze in the inner side of your elbow and not to cough into the palms of your hands.
  • To take their temperature regularly and check for respiratory symptoms. To see a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficulty in breathing and coughing). While visiting doctor, wear a mask/cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
  • For any fever/flu-like signs/symptoms, please call State helpline number. or the 24x7 helpline number of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare at 011-23978046.
Don'ts
  • Shake hands.
  • Have a close contact with anyone, if you're experiencing cough and fever.
  • Touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Sneeze or cough into palms of your hands.
  • Spit in Public.
  • Travel unnecessarily, particularly to any affected region.
  • Participate in large gatherings, including sitting in groups at canteens.
  • Visit gyms, clubs and crowded places etc.
  • Spread rumours or panic.

Source link: Preventive Measures DOPT (pdf)